French FM accuse Iran of acquiring ballistic missile capacity

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that Iran’s ballistic missile ambitions were very worrying and ran counter to U.N. Security Council resolution 2231, which called on the Islamic Republic not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology. The French top diplomat, who is currently on an official visit to Moscow, asserted in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart that “measures to prevent this ballistic capacity from posing a threat to neighbouring countries,” must be implemented. “We consider that the ambitions of Iran in terms of the amount of missiles, in particular the ballistic missiles, are extremely worrying and they run counter to U.N. resolution 2231.” / “On the first point, we have a treaty and it needs to be respected. On the second point, there is a risk and this must be avoided. And we must implement measures to prevent this ballistic capacity from posing a threat to neighboring countries, because at this moment, it could be a deteriorating factor to the security in the area which is already under threat,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.